It always makes us smile here at Tyler Technologies when we hear specific examples of how our solutions make life easier for districts, and recently, I heard from Greenfield Public Schools in Massachusetts.
“Greenfield’s transportation department needed a better solution to track and report on student activity outside the classroom,” said Michael Howes, transportation coordinator for the district. After researching a few vendors, the department realized Tyler’s Traversa solution was the best fit for their needs. Traversa is an all-in-one transportation software solution, with functionality for routing as well as fleet maintenance, field trips, and more.
“With the help of our account representative, the Traversa staff was able to create custom reporting features that allow us to track and share transportation data on our students. Specifically through home-to-school mileage reports and the mapping tools, we can assess student ridership data and compare it with our busing needs,” Michael told me.
The reporting functionality proved to be useful when the department communicates its progress to other departments and committees. “The ability to import students, create custom filters, and arrange the households on a map of the district was instrumental in explaining our current level of transportation efficiency to our school officials,” he said.
Asked to explain the impact Traversa will have on Greenfield Public Schools, Michael said, “We expect to save $35,000 this year alone on transportation costs without increasing safety risks. Next year, we expect to reduce our transportation costs by about $65,000. That translates into another teacher and assistant in a classroom. That means fewer students in each class overall. That could be three assistants helping in three classrooms. A new school bus. Or five additional crossing guards.”
I can’t wait to hear where that new-found budget is allocated, but I know one thing: it’s great to know that the district will be better off because they implemented a Tyler solution that met their needs and helped them improve their transportation operation.